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Ford leaving a lasting impression for beachgoers with new safety-centric tires

A new accept of the Ford- Royal National Lifeboat Institution partnership puts safety messages in the sand.

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Spending the day at the beach isn't all just fun and games. Well, it mostly is. However, water safety is a key component. A new initiative by Ford and the Royal National Lifeboat Institution aims to educate beachgoers in the U.K. about beach safety.

How? By customizing tires to leave water safety messages in the sand. The messages read "float to live", "no inflatables", and "emergency? call 999".o

Ford Europe UK beach tires Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

New research from Ford reveals that 40 percent of people who would take an inflatable into the sea in the U.K. had previously run into difficulty. Thirty-eight percent said that they would consider swimming alone. The April 2020 Basis/RNLI Respect the Water survey revealed that only 56 percent of the UK public know to call 999 and ask for the coastguard if they see somebody fall into open water.

"Spending the day at the beach or out on the water is a great way to have fun and stay active but it's easier than you think to get into trouble," said Guy Addington, Regional Water Safety Lead at the RNLI. "With record temperatures, we've seen high numbers of people at UK beaches this summer so it's imperative that we continue to raise awareness of important water safety messages. We're delighted that Ford is helping us continue our mission to spread these messages that can help save lives.

It is vital that anyone visiting the coast understands that the beach can be a dangerous environment and you must take responsibility for you and your family this summer. No one ever goes to the coast to be rescued yet RNLI lifeguards rescue 1000's each year."

Ford Europe UK beach tires Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

In 2019, RNLI lifeguards aided more than 29,000 people on U.K. beaches in more than 17,000 incidents, saving a total of 154 lives. They also helped to reunite nearly 1,800 lost children and teenagers with their families and aided 346 people in incidents involving inflatables.

The customer tires are made form a mold of each water safety message. The mold creates a rubber tire sleeve that is wrapped around the Ford Ranger tire tread and fixed into place permanently. The custom tires were tested by Ford at Minnis Bay in Kent, England.

Ford is the official vehicle supplier to the RNLI, and the Ford Ranger is the RNLI's pick-up of choice for lifeguard beach patrols. Since 2018, Ford has provided the RNLI with over 350 vehicles, including the Fiesta, EcoSport, Focus, Kuga, Transit, Transit Connect and Transit Customs.

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Ford offering limited edition colors for 2022 Ranger Splash

The Ranger Splash will be offered in three limited-run colors.

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During its time off the market in the United States, the Ford Ranger remained a popular utility vehicle in global markets. In other markets, the truck is offered in unique special editions, such as the Ranger Raptor and Ranger Storm, but the options in the U.S. are limited. Last year, Ford announced the return of the Ranger Splash, a funky version of the truck that roamed the streets in the 1990s. Today, the automaker outlined another Splash edition, this time to be produced in limited quantities with special color options.

Ford will offer three colors for the new Ranger Splash Limited Edition: Snow Edition, Forest Edition, and Sand Edition. The colors will roll out one at a time "every few months," according to Ford, and the package will add $1,495 to the Ranger's price tag.

Ranger Splash Limited Edition The Snow Edition is based on the Lariat trim, but the other two are based on the lower XLT model.Ford

The Lariat Ranger Splash Snow Edition features a gray paint color with black exterior trim and a unique grille design. Inside, the truck carries ebony leather upholstery with ash gray accent stitching and carbon touches. Ford says it will produces just 750 Splash Snow Edition trucks, with availability starting in spring.

The XLT Ranger Splash Forest Edition (pictured above) comes with Forged Green exterior paint and red grille accents. The interior offers black cloth upholstery with ash gray accent stitching and carbon accents. Just 500 Forest Edition vehicles will be produced, with availability starting in summer.

Ranger Splash Limited Edition The colors will roll out every few months in 2022. Ford

The third and final truck in the series is the XLT Ranger Splash Sand Edition. It gets Desert Sand exterior paint, dark exterior accents and red grill "nostrils." It also gets black cloth upholstery with ash gray stitching and carbon accents. The Sand Edition will debut in fall with a run of only 500 trucks.

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